Highlighting its bespoke and highly specialist engineering capability, Oldbury provides a rare opportunity at DVD 2012 for visitors to see an AN/TRN-48  Deployable Tactical Air Navigation (D-TACAN) unit on Stand SP-28.  Developed in partnership with Sub contractor, MOOG Fernau and Prime contractor SAIC, the TACAN centrepiece display unit further underscores the continually widening diversity of Skan Group’s defence, security and specialist applications business.

The combined capability of the group’s twinned Oldbury UK and Boughton Engineering operations now covers a range of equipment which includes generator sets, air conditioning packages, sand filters, solar shields and enclosures, as well as standard, bespoke, specialist and multi-role (MR) trailers and integrated mobile platforms.  Since Skan Group acquired Boughton Engineering a year ago, it can also offer Demountable Rack Offload and Pickup Systems (DROPS) with lift capabilities from 3 - 30 tonnes and a number of other military logistics products.

The D-TACAN unit on display appears by special permission of MOOG Fernau Limited, formerly Fernau Avionics Limited, the world's leading supplier of ground based air navigation aids.  Oldbury has fulfilled a number of contracts to design, build and integrate specialist platforms for TACAN systems, which include the low profile trailer platform which ensures full air portability within C130 and above, as well as normal road-going ability.  The units are self contained and the specification includes two Oldbury generators and a number of environmental features which enable the unit to operate in a wide range of climatic conditions.

TACAN is a highly sophisticated beacon air navigation system, favoured by military air forces over VOR/DME, not least because of its greater bearing accuracy.  It can be positioned where required without any need to co-ordinate with civilian operations.  The unit on display is MOOG Fernau’s latest development of the technology, the Moog Fernau 2010, which is the most powerful TACAN available today.  Variable power levels are available up to 5 kW and due to the high gain of the Fernau e-scan antenna, the Moog Fernau 2010 is capable of an operational range in excess of 200 nautical miles.  The system can operate in TACAN, silent, demand and DME-only modes and is suitable for independent siting as well as co-location with all existing CVOR and DVOR systems.  The Moog Fernau 2010 is also unique in that it is the first system to meet all the relevant European and US specifications, including environmental and EMC, with full compliance with STANAG 5034, Mil-Std 291C and ICAO Annex 10.

Oldbury Generator Sets packs powerful punch with latest generator sets

Oldbury has progressively expanded its range of rugged, reliable generator packages and mobile power solutions for harsh operating environments.  These bespoke packages are designed for fixed, integrated, mobile, enclosed, bunded and ISO containerised applications.  Power output options are now available from 2 kVa to 2500 kVa, with a wide choice of voltages and frequencies and 12 or 24 Volt DC electrics.

Operating temperature ranges have been extended to cover conditions from -48C to +60C, with a range of high performance filtration, environmental protection and climate control options – and the units can be built with a choice of silent and super-silent enclosures.  For specialist and remote applications, Oldbury has developed a range of packages to significantly extend service interval options, including intelligent monitoring systems and remote monitoring options – and the company now also offers a design, supply, install capability, plus through life support.

Oldbury’s range of compact, low weight and enclosed generator packages continue to gain popularity in the market.  They can be mounted either on specially configured Oldbury braked and un-braked trailers – or integrated as part of a larger platform based system.  The self-contained units are designed to provide reliable, low maintenance power supplies, particularly in hostile environments – and offer an operating range from -48ºC to +60ºC.  Output capacity ranges from 5 to 22 kVA at 24-volts, with voltage regulation within + or - 0.5%.  Higher output generator sets are also to be introduced in the near future.

All units are built into an acoustic enclosure for quiet running and engines are designed to operate at 1500rpm on diesel, plus the normal range of battlefield fuel equivalents.  A number of options are also available – including sand and dust filters.  All controls are protected within a sealed section of the enclosure.  A further option is a service interval extension pack, which takes the operating range out to 2000 hours between scheduled maintenance.

Oldbury climate control systems … efficient, effective, easily installable

Oldbury’s range of climate control and air-conditioning systems has been designed for direct or independent mounting on cabins or containers.  The ‘pop-out’ units can be installed either direct into a panel or within a window aperture.  The systems are thermostatically controlled and offer a cooling range up to 8kW and heating range up to 4kW.  Operating range is from -32ºC to + 60ºC and special attention has been given to minimising noise and weight.  A range of options is available including sand and dust filters and a hot gas bypass.  Oldbury has supplied a number of units for deployment already, most of which are in service in hostile theatre environments such as Operation Telic in Iraq and Operation Herrick in Afghanistan. 

Add-ons include solar shields and environmental protection shelters

To meet the now familiar requirements of in-service equipment being required to operate effectively in theatre environments for which it was not originally fully designed or equipped, Oldbury has introduced a range of environmental protection systems, which can be retrofitted and deployed with the minimum of interference or modification to the base equipment. 

Oldbury solar shields – which deploy effectively as foldout canopies and covers – significantly mitigate the build up of heat, especially when powered stationary equipment is operating in high temperatures.  Shields can be fabricated and configured to suit specific requirements – and retained by a variety of securing arrangements.

The requirement to operate sensitive electronic equipment in a clean and enclosed environment poses a particular challenge in dusty conditions.  Oldbury has responded to this problem with the introduction of a range of fabric shelters, which effectively enclose the entrance area of for instance, a command and control vehicle. 

The shelters are lightweight and readily portable – and can be configured to fit closely around the vehicle or equipment which they are required to protect.  The units can be operated in conjunction with positive airflow, effectively isolating the entrance area of the host unit from the environment outside.

Oldbury takes a fresh approach to high performance filtration

To complement Oldbury’s power, climate and environmental systems, the company has developed a range of high performance mesh filtration systems.  A key feature of the design is to achieve high free volume movement with low pressure drop – even at high solids loadings.  The systems are also scaleable and readily adaptable for size and fit – overcoming a number of potential installation problems where space is at a premium.

The core element of the filters utilises a flattened tube of knitted wire – which forms a continuous strip of double layer mesh.  The mesh is manufactured in a variety of stitch patterns to suit the required application.  Oldbury has introduced both medium and fine filtration options – which have been tested to 98% and 96% free volume air efficiency respectively.  Stainless steel material is used to overcome potential issues with corrosion or solvent attack and a high specific surface area ensures excellent capacity for dust retension.

The group’s range of equipment includes standard, bespoke, specialist and Multi-Role (MR) trailers; mobile scene and incident management barriers; generator sets, air conditioning packages, sand filters, solar shields and enclosures and a patented Multimount system for self-recovery winch applications.  In addition, it is now able to offer Demountable Rack Offload and Pickup Systems (DROPS) with lift capabilities from 3 - 30 tonnes, plus a range of other container loading and bulk handling products.  The Group’s portfolio also includes airside incident and emergency vehicles and mobile platforms for CBRN, ATC and radar systems.

Oldbury integrates MR (Multi-Role) trailers and mobility solutions

Oldbury’s MR (Multi-Role) range of lightweight twin-axle trailers is well established in military service.  There are three standard models – at 2500kg GTW (MR25), 3000kg GTW (MR30) and 3500kg GTW (MR35), plus a range of options and platform configurations to suit specific requirements.  All use Oldbury’s patented design two-axle long-travel, variable rate independent suspension, providing exceptional performance off-road – and maintaining both stability and platform equilibrium in the most arduous conditions.  Running gear options include standard wheels and tyres, run-flats, high flotation tyres and skis.

Bespoke trailer solutions for special applications

In addition to its successful MR series trailers, Oldbury designs and manufactures a wide range of special purpose trailers and vehicle bodies for defence and industrial applications.  These include sliding bed units – in service with UK MoD, sat-comms dish and ground station carriers and combat support boat trailers.

Oldbury also manufactures low platform height drawbar units, such as a bespoke wide track ‘carrier cradle’ trailer for the latest big-fan aero engines and a mobile fully integrated jet engine wash design which incorporates waste water capture and recycling.  The company supplies the wastes management and recycling sector with specialist handling and demountable solutions for maximum weight and high density loads and step-frame and extendable plant and machinery trailers, ‘beaver tails’ and low-loaders.    

Boughton Engineering capability includes DROPS

Boughton Engineering specialises in the design and manufacture of military and civilian logistics equipment and aviation rescue and fire fighting vehicles.  Boughton Engineering and Oldbury together are now able to offer DROPS solutions with lift capabilities from         3 tonnes to 30 tonnes, plus a range of specialist flat rack-mounted ancillary equipment.  The company’s other established defence sector products include tandem and tri-axle close coupled trailers – and its highly successful range of civilian hookloaders, skiploaders, wet waste and fuel oil tankers and dry waste ejection trailers are now relevant also for specialist applications. 

Multimount winch system offers self-recovery solution for new or legacy fleet

Oldbury UK’s patented Multimount system for winches has been designed for the emerging next generation of protected and soft-skin vehicles, which have a capability requirement for self-recovery.  Other variants will follow.  The system comprises front and rear winch ‘carriers’, specially fabricated in high tensile steel for extreme duty and to provide exceptional structural integrity.

The carriers are installed and integrated onto the platform, utilising the vehicle’s existing lifting / recovery eyes and standard towing pintle and jaw.  This then enables the winch itself to be quickly and simply fitted or released, either front or rear as required.  The use of special shoot bolts in the design means that these operations do not require any tools.  Electrical power is connected at either location via standard but ruggedised quick release Anderson sockets.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

The system can be tailored to accommodate most current market winch products and configurations.  The unit is a two-man lift, but balanced for ease of handling, positioning and on-vehicle storage.  The ability to carry a single winch to cover both front and rear self-recovery requirements also reduces both payload and on-board inventory.

Group Managing Director, Richard Skan says, “The Oldbury Multimount system further demonstrates the versatility, flexibility and responsive nature of our design and engineering capability.  It also underlines the importance of our involvement as early as possible in the requirements capture process – where we can add value and then tailor the design and system componentry to precisely integrate with the platform.  This approach has been proved already in real life practical delivery terms – where we have shortened important UOR lead times and deployment into theatre by months.  That has led, largely at the behest of our end-user, Prime, Tier1 and Tier2 customers, to our natural growth into full programme management and project integration”.

Source: Skan Group
Date: Jun 19, 2012